Law - International Business Law including Placement

This programme assists students with setting the legal and regulatory regimes around international business and the global economy in the context of broader legal and socio-legal study skills. The addition of a dedicated Placement period further enhances the student experience and career prospects. The LLM will prepare you for a career in the commercial sector, in business, government or in NGOs.

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements
Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities, or a cognate discipline.

Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. The University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy provides guidance on the assessment of experiential learning (RPEL). Please visit for more information.

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


2 years full-time.

Small Group Teaching/Personal Tutorial
8 (hours maximum)
in addition, students should set aside 10-12 hours per module for reading and preparation.

Learning and Teaching
In a typical week for a full time student you will have between 12–20 contact hours of teaching. This will break down as:

22–24 hours studying and revising in your own time each week, including some guided study using handouts, online activities, etc.

8 hours of seminars or workshops each week

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
This LLM provides a useful qualification and knowledge base for a business, governmental or NGO career relating to governance, compliance, social responsibility or trade.

Further enquiries

Dr Dieter Pesendorfer Senior Lecturer
School of Law - Senior Lecturer Law
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3455

Subjects taught

Compulsory modules
Law of International Business Transactions
Issues in Corporate Governance
World Trade Law
Placement Project

Course Details
The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules specialising in:

corporate governance and compliance,
corporate social responsibility,
global business and human rights,
international competition law and
international financial regulation.

A major component of this degree will involve the completion of a placement project.

Modules enable students to be proficient in thinking about business on a global scale and the place of law, compliance, corporate social responsibility and trade in our societies.

Methods modules
Approaches to Legal Research
Leadership and Innovation Skills

Optional modules
Business and Human Rights
EU Law and Economic Integration
Copyright in the Digital Environment
International Financial Law
Comparative Competition Law
Making Medical Technologies
Marketing Medical Technologies
Global Justice and International Economic Law


International Business Law including Placement highlights
This LLM programme includes the opportunity for a year-long placement in the legal, governmental or commercial sector.

Industry Links
•Students on this programme benefit from a six-month placement opportunity in the legal, governmental and commercial sector in Belfast and beyond.

World Class Facilities
•Students studying on the LLM will avail of the excellent facilities provided by the new £20 million Law School including the Student Hub and the Moot Court.

Internationally Renowned Experts
•The LLM is delivered by academic staff who through their research are currently shaping global and local debates within legal scholarship.

Student Experience
•Students undertaking the LLM International Business Law including Placement will have the benefit of studying in a Russell Group Law School ranked 9th in the UK for Law (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017). The Law School prides itself in providing a high standard of excellence in teaching and research which is demonstrated by the recent Student Satisfaction Survey results where the School achieved 93% overall satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016).

Assessment method

Continuous assessment
Project based on final placement

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Please Note :

This is a high demand course and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible, since it may be necessary to implement an application cut-off date.

In such circumstances, applications will be considered in date order, with priority given to those submitted earliest and prior to the cut-off date.

A deposit of £400 is required to secure your place on the course. (This condition of offer is in addition to any academic or English language requirements).

It is the responsibility of each student to arrange his or her own Placement. Students who are unable to secure a placement will be completed on the LLM International Business Law Programme.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2020

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